8 Awesome Sing-Alongs

1. Watch a choir of 6,500 children sing They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse in Your Soul”

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Lately, the only thing that brings me joy in this dark, confused, and fucked up world is the sight of children. Sure, they’re growing up in an environment marked by uncertainty and unprecedented turmoil, but there’s still a pureness in them that can’t be found elsewhere. The other day, on the way to work, I saw a mother and her little son walking to school. The boy was dressed as a firefighter, bright red helmet and all, a get-up which he gushed about to a crossing guard, who was equally excited by the whole thing. The entire exchange filled my heart to the point that I almost forgot that the foundation of our American democracy was slowly being dismantled with every passing hour. Almost.

Today, I have the opportunity to give to you that same kind of uplift — something I’m sure a lot of you need at the moment: Behold, 6,500 happy children singing “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants. The massive affair was done at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, UK, on Monday as part of a concert staged by Young Voices, an organization that brings together the biggest children choirs to perform at some of the biggest venues in the UK. Watch the heartwarming footage up above.

Kids are great and, along with women and immigrants, should be one of the things that keeps us fighting against Trump’s regime.


2. Fans at France-England soccer match sing 'La Marseillaise' as one

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France's national anthem continues to be an emblem of hope — and a rallying call of defiance against terrorism — in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.

Ahead of Tuesday's soccer match between England and France, fans from both teams joined together in a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise before the game at Wembley Stadium in London.

After observing a minute of silence, fans in the 90,000-seat venue sang along to the words displayed on the arena screens while holding up materials that came together to form the French Tricolore flag in an outstanding show of support for the country. Among those in attendance were Prince William, who is also the president of the Football Association, and Prime Minister David Cameron.

The match takes places just days after France's last game, at the Stade de de France, was targeted as part of the terror attacks in the Paris that left at least 129 dead. On Monday, Met Police announced that security was being stepped up for Tuesday's match, with armed guards on patrol around Wembley stadium as well as throughout the London transport network.   

A Belgium-Spain soccer match scheduled for Tuesday was canceled due to growing fears, as was a Germany-Netherlands match after officials learned the stadium in Hanover, Germany, was the target of a bomb threat.


3. Hundreds of thousands sing for late Thai king

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A huge of crowd of mourners have gathered close to Bangkok's Grand Palace to sing the royal anthem in honor of King Bhumibol. The 88-year-old popular monarch died on October 13.

The majority of mourners who turned out for Saturday's tribute were dressed in black, with many holding portraits of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was seen as a rare figure of unity in a country dogged by political turmoil.

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the short concert, along with a 100-person choir backed by the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra.

The royal anthem, known as "Sansoen Phra Barami," is played before the screening of every film in Thai cinemas, when the audience stands to honor the king as pictures of his life and work are shown on the screen.

"The atmosphere is amazing," said Sethabutra Biraseranee, who like most was dressed in all black despite Bangkok's sweltering midday sun. "As you can see, all these people here came just to pay their respects to him, which shows how great he was."

Mass mourning
Saturday's tribute was held in Sanam Luang Park, close to the Grand Palace, where royal and religious rites have been taking place for the late monarch.

Thai filmmaker Chatrichalerm Yukol organized and recorded the event for TV and cinema replay.
Bhumibol's death on October 13 has plunged the nation into grief, with the government declaring a one-year mourning period.

Thailand's military government has not set a date for the royal cremation, but it is expected in about a year.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is due to ascend the thrown soon but he has asked for a delay so that he can grieve with the people.


4. Is this the most touching flashmob ever? Wife with multiple sclerosis is left sobbing after her husband asks a choir to sing Bruno Mars for their 10th anniversary

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When it came to celebrating his ten-year marriage, Carl Gilbertson refused to settle for the typical flowers or chocolates.

The inventive husband gave his wife Laura an anniversary to remember by organising a flashmob in her honour in Liverpool city centre on Saturday.

With the help of his friend Stephanie, who is Head of Musical Theatre at Liverpool Media Academy, the doting husband had a group youngsters serenade Laura witnessed by dozens of spectators.

Students from the academy grouped together to produce an acapella version of Bruno Mars' hit Just the Way You Are, which left Laura sobbing with emotion.

The touching gesture was captured on camera with the opening title introducing Carl's master plan.

The screen read: 'To celebrate his tenth anniversary Carl Gilbertson enlisted the help of students representing Liverpool Media Academy.

'The flashmob acted as a declaration of love from Carl to his wife Laura who suffers from multiple sclerosis.'

In the video Laura can be seen unable to contain her joy as her husband hands her a single rose while the students belt their hearts out.

The moving scene also attracted several passers-by who chose to film the spectacle after the group unravelled a banner reading 'Happy Anniversary Laura.'

Carl says that he had been a bag of nerves while organising the surprise for his beloved wife.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo he said: 'I was a lot more nervous on Saturday than I was on my wedding day. I’ll probably get a bit of stick from the lads when I get back to Anfield for the new season.'

Stephanie added: 'It was really emotional, it was a bit overwhelming and it was happy occasion celebrating the 10 years. I was just honoured and proud that I could be apart of it.'


5. Hundreds of protesters sing 'This land is your land'

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Protesters outside Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday broke into a rendition of Woody Guthrie's folk classic "This Land Is Your Land" in solidarity with detained travelers on Sunday.

The song came during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order, which suspended refugees as well as travel from seven Middle Eastern countries. The rapid timing of the order left scores of people from those seven countries stranded in legal limbo at US airports.

"This Land Is Your Land" was originally recorded in 1944 and was written as a retort to "God Bless America," which irritated Guthrie, according to NPR.

Protesters in Philadelphia also chanted "no hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here."

Police shut down two lanes of traffic to accommodate the crowd while passing vehicles honked in support.


6. David Bowie fans sing Space Oddity at the AGO

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David Bowie fans in Toronto paid tribute to the Starman this weekend with a one-of-a-kind performance of his legendary cosmic opus Space Oddity.

More than 500 people gathered in the grand atrium of the Art Gallery of Ontario to belt out the classic song with the founders of Choir! Choir! Choir!, a group that brings pop music aficionados together each week in cool places to sing unique arrangements of hit songs.

The result was a pretty epic salute to the U.K.-born musician, who left an indelible mark on the lives of people around the world.


7. Thousands of People in Mumbai Sing 'Sweet Child O' Mine' in Perfect Sync and It's Glorious

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Guns N' Roses fans, you have a new benchmark.

The band's former lead guitarist Slash is currently touring India — where the group has a massive following — for the first time, and the crowd in Mumbai last Saturday gave Slash and his band a truly memorable welcome.

A video uploaded to YouTube, apparently taken from a high-rise building next to the concert grounds, shows a sea of fans belting out the rock group's iconic ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine" in deliriously happy unison.Slash, whose real name is Saul Hudson, was understandably pumped. He now travels to Bangalore, accompanied by Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, for a second show on Nov. 14.


8. Viral video of 1,000 musicians wins over Foo Fighters: band will play Italian city

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An Italian man has successfully wooed Foo Fighters with a “crazy” plan to have 1,000 musicians play a synchronized rendition of the hit Learn to Fly, in order to persuade the American band to play in his town.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl committed to a trip to Italy on Friday, the day after a video of the performance in Cesena’s Hippodrome Park went viral.

“Ciao Cesena,” Grohl began, in an Italian address posted on the Foo Fighters’ YouTube channel. Grohl, who said he spoke “just a bit, a bit” of Italian, then thanked the performers for the video.

“We’re coming, I swear,” Grohl said. “We’ll see each other soon.”

The video of The Rockin’ 1000 project has collected more than 11.5m views since it was posted on YouTube on Thursday. It is described on the site as “a miracle that will not be repeated ever again in music history”.

Fabio Zaffagnini devised the plan in May 2014 and launched a crowdfunding campaign later that year. In seven months, the campaign collected €44,788 ($49,100), according to Italy’s ANSA news agency.

Organizers sorted through thousands of videos to determine who would make the final cut of 350 guitarists, 250 singers, 250 drummers and 150 bassists.

At the helm of the performance was composer Marco Sabiu, who has worked with Ennio Morricone, Luciano Pavarotti and Kylie Minogue.

Grohl did not commit to a date for Foo Fighters’ Cesena show, though the band has two dates scheduled in Italy in November. After breaking his leg in June during a performance in Sweden, he has performed much of the band’s world tour from a throne.

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